Late last week, Audi’s R8 e-tron set the record for the fastest production electric car around the world famous north loop of the Nürburgring circuit. With a time of 8:09.099, this remarkable achievement is an amazing moment in history.
The Nürburgring track is famous for its F1 racing, as manufacturer proving grounds, and open track race days where people come from all over the world to drive on one of the most popular racing tracks depicted in video games. But on June 26th, Audi set out to prove the world how far technology has come in the world of EVs, not on the PS3.
Putting down similar times, the Audi R8 e-tron is in the realm of some of the hottest BMW M models; E92 M3, E60 M5, and the E63 M6. Even though all those BMW’s have large V8’s or V10’s with over 400 horsepower, the all-electric R8 e-tron has a 308 horsepower and 605 pound feet of torque electric engine at each wheel and is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that store enough energy to allow for 130 mile range. Even though this exotic electric car weighs in at 3,924 pounds, its lightweight body made of aluminum and carbon fiber keeps it super nimble around any track.
However, not just one record was set. The second record Winkelhock set was for the two continuous fastest laps in a production electric car at 8:30.873 and 8:26.096. Piloted by Markus Winkelhock, a proven race car driver in the GT1 World Championship and part of the Audi R8 LMS ultra team, he stated “the record drives were a fantastic experience for me.” He also added, “With a low center of gravity and rear biased weight distribution, it brings with it a lot of sporty qualities.”
What exotic car would you like to see with an all-electric drivetrain from the factory? I would love to see a Corvette bodied EV!
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To learn more about this record setting event, take a look at the Audi press release.